Teach Rural Oregon

Teach Rural Oregon Logo, State of Oregon with 'Teach Rural' text in white

The Teach Rural Oregon (TRO) project aims at recruiting diverse student teachers (including first generation) to complete their student teaching in rural and isolated rural districts across Oregon.

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The Teach Rural Oregon (TRO)  Project is a partnership between the Eastern Oregon University College of Education and the Wallowa Region 18 ESD with grant support from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) based on grant initiative and funding recommendation from the Educator Advancement Council. 

Eastern Oregon Teacher Academy ate Eastern Oregon University June 23-26 2021 eota@eou.edu

The Eastern Oregon Teacher Academy is an intense three-day program in which participants share in a variety of activities that will help them to better understand what teachers do and to determine whether or not they have the potential for meeting this professional challenge. Follow the link above to learn more!

Professor guiding students at the Eastern Oregon Teacher's Academy

Teacher and District resources available here.

An EOU Student standing on campus looking out over La Grande with Mt. Emily in the distance

Follow the link above to learn more about the TRO Junior Field Study program.

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Contact us at the link above.

TRO Staff

David Dallas

Dave is a Senior Instructor II faculty member in the College of Education at EOU. Prior to coming to EOU Dave taught in the Bend-La Pine School system for 8 years. Before moving to Bend he taught in the Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico for 9 years. While teaching in Albuquerque, Dave was also an education supervisor in the College of Education at The University of New Mexico. Additionally, Dave spent 8 years in the Dean of Students office at The University of New Mexico in a supervisory and instructor role. Since 2012 Dave has also served as a mentor for Chaos Theory, the Robotics team at Summit High School, which has represented the Pacific Northwest Region at the World Competition for the past four years. He has a passion for outdoor education and has received numerous grants during his time both in Bend and Albuquerque to develop river, riparian, and garden classroom study projects.  
In his spare time, Dave enjoys mountain and gravel bike riding, cyclocross, Nordic skiing, hiking and swimming. He also enjoys spending time on projects around the house and in the garden. Dave and his wife Angie make their home in Sisters and he splits his time between there and La Grande. He and his wife have two grown sons as well as two dogs.  

One University Blvd., ZH 228
La Grande, OR 97850

Curriculum Vitae

  • BA – Environmental Design, The University of New Mexico
  • BA – Elementary Education, The College of Santa Fe
  • MS – Master Teaching, Emporia State University